The Ibizan Hound was originally bred to hunt rabbits and small game on the Balearic island of Ibiza. Today, the Ibizan Hound dog breed is still used in that capacity in Spain and elsewhere. They also compete in lure coursing, agility, obedience, conformation, and tracking, in addition to being muchloved family companions.
In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Ibizan Hounds that you might not know.
A Quick Overview: Group: Hound Dogs Weight: 45 to 50 pounds Height: 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
The Ibizan Hound, nicknamed Beezer by his fans, is playful and sometimes silly. He's not a touchyfeely dog, but he enjoys snuggling with members of his family. The Ibizan can be reserved with strangers and protective of his home, but he should never be shy or aggressive.
A mediumsized sighthound who was developed to hunt rabbits and other small game, he was bred for speed, stamina, and determination. Today, those talents make this athletic dog a match for some of the top coursing breeds, as well as an excellent competitor in agility, thanks to his ability to jump high and far.
Ibizan Hounds enjoy their comforts — that sleek, sculpted body needs cushioning, after all — and can become couch potatoes who enjoy spending their days sleeping. Their exercise needs are moderate. They'll enjoy a couple of 20 or 30minute walks or jogs daily. Whenever possible, give them a chance to run full out in a large, safely fenced area.
Their ability to jump high from a standstill makes Ibizans notorious as counter surfers. Never trust them alone with food, no matter how out of the way you think it is. Outdoors, protect them with a secure fence that's at least six feet high. Ibizans cannot be trusted offleash unless they are in a fenced yard. They have a strong prey drive and will chase anything that moves quickly. For this reason, they're not suited to families who have pets such as rabbits, although they get along fine with other dogs and can learn to live with cats if they're raised with them.
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